And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts
Shilts shows that the epidemic spread wildly because the federal government put budget ahead of the nations welfare; health authorities placed political expediency before the public health; and scientists were often more concerned with international prestige than saving lives. Against this backdrop, Shilts tells the heroic stories of individuals in science and politics, public health and the gay community, who struggled to alert the nation to the enormity of the danger it faced. And the Band Played On is both a tribute to these heroic people and a stinging indictment of the institutions that failed the nation so badly.
The Greatest American Marches
The Band Marches On
The brainchild of Westbury man Andrew Jordan, the Diversity marching band was put together in readiness for the annual parade which celebrates the culture of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT people. The band played a selection of upbeat songs in the Limerick Pride parade, attended by an estimated 3, people. The group are following in the footsteps of the army band, which took place in Dublin Pride last year. In order to make up the group, Andrew, who works at the Redemptorist Centre for Music and is a conductor with the Boherbuoy Band used his extensive contacts from around the country. For more information, you can email pridebandireland gmail.
The marching band from Canby High School poses in front of the school after a transportation mishap left them without a ride to the Starlight Parade in Portland on Saturday night. Courtesy of Nick Luchterhand. The members of the Canby High School marching band had been preparing for weeks, making sure their timing was just right, their instruments tuned correctly and their marching steps perfectly in sync. But when they showed up at the high school Saturday night to make their way to Portland to compete in the Starlight Parade, a quirky procession that drew hundreds of thousands to Downtown Portland , there was a problem. The bus that was supposed to take them there was nowhere to be found. We had to call it off. The band might still get its chance to march.
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